sanctuary.” Our minister’s introductory reflection for the morning is titled “Seeking Sanctuary.” We hope to see
you in service!
Today, after 77 years of life in a world that’s both astonishingly beautiful and horrifically cruel, “sanctuary”
is as vital as breathing to me. Sometimes I find it in churches, monasteries, and other sites designated as
sacred. But more often I find it in places sacred to my soul: in the natural world, in the company of a
trustworthy friend, in solitary or shared silence, in the ambience of a good poem or good music. Sanctuary is
wherever I find safe space to regain my bearings, reclaim my soul, heal my wounds, and return to the world
as a wounded healer. It’s not merely about finding shelter from the storm: it’s about spiritual survival.
Today, seeking sanctuary is no more optional for me than church attendance was as a child.
~ Parker Palmer